Ready to Forgive

There has been an abundance of stuff on the internet (and since it is there its all true 🙂  of course) regarding COVID-19 being God’s judgement on the earth. First off no one has anyway of knowing that to be factual. Could it be God’s judgement sure, do we, mankind as a whole deserve it, for certain. Does that mean God purposely brought this upon us; NO. As I noted in an early post the true cause (or blame if you insist) is man-made and man’s depravity (sinfulness) alone. 

I got this today in my inbox and was reminded of a few years back when I was Chaplain at the county jail and preached through Nehemiah. I love that book, it is about restoration and was (is) very appropriate for the setting but also for the world in general. 

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No quisieron oír, ni se acordaron de tus maravillas que habías hecho con ellos; antes endurecieron su cerviz, y en su rebelión pensaron poner caudillo para volverse a su servidumbre. Pero tú eres Dios que perdonas, clemente y piadoso, tardo para la ira, y grande en misericordia, porque no los abandonaste. (RVR 1960)
CONTEXT:

In Chapter 8 Ezra has read the Law from the Holy Scripture this causes those assembled to realize their sinfulness and confess it before God. 

As part of that prayer we find the words above: 

MAN’S CONDITION 

They refused to obey Reference their forefathers who had fled Egypt, and now sinned against God’s Law

were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, They ignored all God had done for them, in this case Manna, Guidance, Red Sea, etc. Today it is the little things we attribute to luck and such.

they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. Instead of obeying God when they knew better they preferred the slavery of Egypt. Today man prefers his sinfulness over the light. Romans 1:18-22, John 3:17-20

GOD’S ATTRIBUTES

you are a God ready to forgive, Ezra confirms a truth seen throughout the bible, God is ready to forgive those who repent of their sinful ways.

gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, God’s character is such that He cannot help but be gracious and merciful to His chosen people all the more so if they will turn from their evil, sinful ways. 

and did not forsake them one thing we know for certain God will never leave or forsake His chosen people. He may discipline them, He may cast them to the winds, but He will never forsake them. 

Maybe it is time we as a community of believers turn and repent and start following God without any of man’s doctrines thrown in.

Crying Out to God

In these difficult and perilous times I would think many are crying out to God and not necessarily getting the response they anticipated or wanted. 

Psalm 22:1-2 ESV 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why ...

It is at times like these when we can easily be fooled (tempted) into thinking God has abandoned us, or He does not care about us individually. Of course nothing could be further from the truth for “true children of God” His chosen ones. 

There are two things to remember in times like these:

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While this applies to God’s chosen people the 22nd Psalm is a Psalm of true Glory.  For the final ten verses (especially v.27-18) remind us that the Victory over all feelings of abandonment, anxiety, pain, suffering, turmoil, etc. has been won. 

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So go ahead CRY OUT TO GOD TODAYbut do so with the understanding that He loves His own and God is sovereignly in control of all things for He has already won the greatest victory at Calvary. 

Feeling Abandoned

Sometimes we go through periods of life where we feel lost or even abandoned by God. There are many reasons for this it could be our communion with God (prayer life) is out of whack or maybe He has withdrawn His presence for a purpose greater than we can understand, knowing He will be Glorified.

What ever the reason; as David does here we would be wise to cry out to the Lord asking for Him to return His presence to us having full reassurance that will never fully “abandon” His faithful ones: For the Lord loves justice and will not abandon his faithful ones. They are kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked will be destroyed. PS. 37:28

 

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Lord, do not abandon me; my God, do not be far from me. 22 Hurry to help me, my Lord, my salvation. (CSB) 
No me desampares, oh Jehová; Dios mío, no te alejes de mí. 22 Apresúrate a ayudarme, Oh Señor, mi salvación. (RVR 1960)

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 22 April

REPENTANCE AND PARDON

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:7

All gospel mourning flows from believing. – Thomas Brooks

That sin which is not too great to be forsaken, is not too great to be forgiven. – Thomas Horton

God will not pardon for repentance, nor yet without it. – Thomas Watson

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 22 March

     REPENTANCE AND PARDON

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:7

Though God promise forgiveness to repenting sinners, yet God promiseth not tomorrow to repent in. – George Swinnock

              Upon the two hinges of faith and repentance do all the saving promises of the Bible hang. – George Swinnock.

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God” daily devotional.